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  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,321

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Ultimate story of man versus nature

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I listened to the audio recording of the work, narration performed by Simon Prebble. It is apparent to the reader that a great many hours were spent on research for this project, reading journals or diaries, documents and other written forms as well as first person interviews of some members of the group. This is in my way of thinking, it being one of the most incredible tales of man versus nature. Some of the story was rather painful to read. In his want of exploring Antarctica, Shackleton assembled a team of men, dogs, provisions for the expedition and for all appearances planned extremely well but having put all that together would never have imagined that everything could go so horribly wrong from almost the start. The area they were headed into was a hostile, uninhabitable part of the earth that is never predictable, mainly ice and snow, wind and sea with very little protection from the elements which became the challenge if the men were to survive. After losing the Endurance, being stuck and crushed in ice flows, with three smaller boats and limited provisions the men had to combat not only the elements but become a team working together to survive and remain hopeful until they were rescued. I thought it was an amazing story, sometimes intense and well worth reading.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,254
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,161

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Excellent Memoir by a true Patriot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I wasn't sure how I would feel about reading this book but I chose to give the man a chance to defend his actions by reading this book and I will never regret that decision. Put into a impossible position by both parties who would like nothing better than to see his head on a platter, I got not only to listen to how events unfolded during the 2016 elections through the time he was abruptly fired but also I learned a great deal about the man himself and what sort of person he is. In this work Mr. Comey gives the reader a glimpse into his background, family life and the values accumulated along the way and why he is a true patriot and does put his country first in his loyalties. There is no doubt that these are troubled times in the United States and per the author's words it is like a “forest fire”. He has chosen to portray the Trump administration of being run like a “Mob” with the boss wanting everyone to be loyal to him first. Others might say it's on the cusp of Fascism, either way it's not anything close to a democracy. Of course you have to chose for yourself and as long as we still have elections on a timely basis there is always hope. I did have to investigate into a few things that I questioned that were included in the work and having done that, I am satisfied. I recommend this work and I appreciate the honesty of this author. Thank you for serving Mr. Comey, I truly wish that you had been able to remain in your position because I believe in you 100% in your loyalty and truthfulness.

14 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,695

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I do admire an author that can take a historic event, do research and weave a story that is entertaining and well written. In this tale the robbery took place during the reign of Queen Victoria in the year 1855. The mastermind of the gold theft was Pierce, who planned the caper and hired specific criminals to pull it off. The story does have it's mishaps, even the best laid plans don't always come off without a hitch. I find it fascinating that even when caught and during the trial Pierce escaped and faded into history. The gold was never recovered so sometimes “crime does pay”. I thought the audio narration performed by Michael Kitchen was well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,900

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Outstanding History

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

The author was a journalist and war correspondent who was present when Hitler rose to power and in later years. Published in 1960, a mere fifteen years after the death of Hitler it is without a doubt a well written and thoroughly researched work of historic literature. Over the years I have read many books about this time some fact and others fiction but none have affected me as much as this. During Hitler's reign of terror the reader becomes well acquainted with how deep and extensive his hatred was. It wasn't just limited to the Jews albeit they were top of his list...but to any human not being of German nationality. Even before he conquered a country he already had plans on how he would cut it up, either annihilate the inhabitants or make them slaves to the German people. If Hitler hadn't been the megalomaniac he was the world we know would not exist in any form. When the end was upon him, one of his last orders was to annihilate Berlin and all it's inhabitants, the people he professed to love he felt were not worthy of his greatness. The order was disobeyed and he died a cowards death taking his hate with him. I do think this is a book worth reading and any questions I might have had about Hitler and the Third Reich were fully answered, also be prepared there are many gruesome descriptive parts included in the book.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,956

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Hilarious and Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Sometimes it's just great to take a break from reality and get drawn into a story that's not only cleverly written and hilarious but full of shenanigans as well. Not everyone has the gift to be that creative and indeed this author does. The story goes back and forth with the past and present history of the 100 year old man, Allan Karlsson who is not happy with life in a senior home and decides on his birthday to spirit away. He makes his escape through a window and as he goes along his merry way he runs into a young man who asks him to watch his suitcase while he uses the restroom. Allan makes off with the case not knowing or caring what it contains and the story involves into a hunt by criminals, the police and reporters. Along the way he collects a group of colorful characters who join him and with a couple of unfortunate mishaps the story progresses. I was entertained and delighted with this read and the way the author mixed in some bits of history was very well done. Highly recommend. I listened to the audio version of the book as performed by Steven Crossley and he was excellent with all the different voices for the characters.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,467

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Beautiful Human Being

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

This is a very emotional work and I am so glad that Alan has shared his story, especially for any readers who have suffered extreme mental and physical abuse by a parent as a child. I never thought it as a pity party by a resentful son but as a closure of a painful period of his life, which he never would have disclosed had it not been for the “show”. What started out as being selected to appear in a reality show based on genealogy turned into much more for him....the closet opened and the skeletons literally flew out, but not in the way one might imagine. As I listened to the audio version of the book performed by Alan it seemed so much more personal, going back and forth in time, recalling different moments in his life trying to put it all together, to make some sense of everything that happened to him. Alan is not his father's son. Alan is an entertainer loved by many, in his personal and professional life but also he is a survivor and beautiful human being. Highly recommend this work.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 294

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Recording Technical Issues are distracting

  • By Anna E. on 02-21-18

Heartbreaking but amazing story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

It's hard not to be biased when listening to a narration by my favorite actor and narrator Richard Armitage, he was absolutely brilliant with the voices of the characters and brings just the right amount of emotion to the story. In this work which is a fictional account of an historical event, the holocaust, we meet the protagonist of our story, Lale Sokolov who was the tattooist of Auchwitz-Birkenau in Poland during WWII. The author spent a good deal of time with Lale after the death of his wife Gita, who he met and fell in love with at the concentration camp and she interviewed him to write his story, he needed to tell it before he left this life. This is their story, one of love amidst the terrible conditions they were placed in, two ordinary people who lived through an extraordinary time. Without a doubt it is a remarkable story of survival and courage. Surviving Auchwitz, then escaping separately as the Nazi's removed those prisoners still living to exterminate them somewhere else as the Soviet army advanced was intense. Free but not free as they are in the Soviet Union when the war ends they escape and begin life anew in Australia. I highly recommend reading/listening to this novel and hope at some point it will have a visual made from it.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,411
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,634

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Sam A. Havens on 09-09-17

Amazing and Wonderfully written

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Provided that the reader has an open mind this is a well written and researched work If your version of creation is centered on some religious beliefs you might scoff at this history, for the rest of us...the author will take us on a voyage of ...the primates who became Homo Sapiens or Humans. Following the “Big Bang”theory of how the universe was created and the ions of years that passed until we showed up our time here on this beautiful planet begins. As we emerged from Africa and populated the earth we have either assimilated to our environment or altered our environment to suit us. As we are the highest intelligence on the planet we hold the top spot on the food chain, we are also the most creative when it comes to inventing things for our use. We are still evolving slowly so where evolution takes us is of course unknown...that is if we survive. I found it a very informative work and it does touch somewhat on every aspect of our history, civilizations that rise and fall, finance, technology are some of the highlights. I highly recommend as I think it delves into many areas of our history I haven't thought about. Basically in a nut shell, What have we done FOR the earth? Nothing. What have we done TO the earth? Everything. I do hope many will read this and give some thought to the history of us.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,555

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

No Closure Here

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Narrated by the authors who are investigative reporters. West Cork is in Ireland and in this quiet serenely beautiful county side one day in 1996 a young French woman was found brutally murdered. The authors take the listeners though the investigation of the crime, which has yet to be resolved and when the different areas are detailed is very unsettling to say the least. From the onset...the crime scene was compromised and no evidence was found what so ever. How is this possible? So this main focus is more about the people who live here and play a part in the event as it unfolds. Listening to all the interviews from those involved and all the misinformation I doubt if there will ever be closure to this case. Unless the murderer comes forward of course, as this was handled by the Keystone Cops and in this era, with all the resources available is unforgivable. I did find it a frustrating listen but also was intrigued.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,675

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Amazing and Wonderfully written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-18

This is the story of Christopher, told in the first person narrative or perhaps even as a epistolary work. He wrote in his journal to tell the story of the Murder of Wellington and is investigating as the story begins. The author gives the readers an exceptionally well written work that captures the world from Christopher's perspective. He's got a highly developed mind to solve mathematical equations, retains what he reads and has a photographic memory but lacks the ability to cope within a society so exhibits behavior problems especially when he feels threatened or confused. In this poignant story, Christopher's world suddenly is shattered when he finds that he's been lied to and feeling threatened decides that he must leave and embarks on an adventure. I found myself heartbroken for him, worried about him and very emotional. Yes, I realize it's a work of fiction, but when your in the moment it does become real life drama. I would recommend to everyone that hasn't read this to do so please, you won't regret it and maybe even learn from the book. The audio book was narrated by Jeff Woodman whose performance was outstanding.